My husband recently brought home large and small bamboo plants from some woods. His friend said it should be easy to plant, however, ours seems to be about to give up the ghost. The only advice I could give him before he went to dig them up ,as a "successful around my house- so far, novice gardener"- was to try and get the entire root ball, and I said to get the smaller specimens. He did seem to get the root ball intact on each, and brought home a few small, but mainly large 8+ ft plants. He planted them in a row, covered with soil and watered. I don't think he over/under watered(but who can be 100% sure) they were in complete full sun, but I don't know if that matters. I did think that they may not have been firmly patted down enough, but he said that they were,so just throwing that out there... The bamboo soon looked brown and started to bend at the tops. I looked online and it sounded like sunburn. My husband then put a tarp shade in front of them as a shield. They have continued to decline. We may have made many mistakes, so really I'd like advice on how we can try again and what to do differently, and if you have thoughts in particular as to what did them in, I'd be interested to know that as well.Thanks very much.